Wearing Sunglasses is More than a Fashion Statement

Sunglasses can be a great fashion accessory, but their main purpose should always be protecting your eyes and vision. Part of a healthy eye care regime is wearing sunglasses outside and ensuring that you choose a pair that will provide protection—in addition to looking good!

Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes and vision from a number of potential hazards:

UV (Ultraviolet) Light
UV light is a form of electromagnetic radiation most commonly associated with the sun’s rays—but can also result from electric arcs, tanning lamps and black lights. UV light can damage eyes and vision by contributing to cataracts and damaging the cornea, lens and retina. Thankfully most of the UV from the sun is filtered out by the Earth’s atmosphere and the 10% that reaches the Earth can be filtered out by wearing sunglasses.

Protection from the Elements
Most people associate sunglasses with summer, but it’s important to protect your eyes all year. Snow can reflect up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays, causing snow blindness—where the glare from the sun can actually burn the cornea. Wearing sunglasses can help prevent painful snow blinding as well as protecting your eyes from dust, debris or sand that could cause permanent eye damage.

Reduce the Sun’s Brightness
Most of the time we welcome the sun shining brightly—except when we’re involved in an activity like driving. The glaring bright sun can actually become a safety hazard, and wearing sunglasses can allow you to drive safely and confidently.

Not all Sunglasses are Made Equal
It’s important to choose the right pair of sunglasses—simply having dark coloured lenses is not enough to protect your eyes and vision.

  • Look for sunglasses that block 99% -100% of both UVA (long waves) and UVB (short waves) light.
  • Labels with “UV 400” block all light rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers and includes all UVA and UVB rays.
  • Polarized lenses and anti-reflective coating can reduce the amount of the sun’s glare that reaches your eyes, increasing your safety and comfort.

Hakim Optical has a wide selection of prescription and non-prescription sunglasses. Stop by your nearest location and let one of our licensed optometrists help you select the perfect pair for your needs.

Hakim Optical keeps our customers stylish. We offer all of the latest eyewear trends in a selection of designer brands and our Hakim brand frames.


Popular Autumn Frames 

At Hakim Optical, our goal is to help Canadian shoppers find fun, stylish–and even flirty– glasses for every occasion. When Autumn comes around, we’re eager to help our customers find beautiful, functional, and affordable frames to express their own personal style while meeting the timeless essence of the fall. For our 2022 Hakim fall style guide, we want to share a few of our fall frame favourites!


Regardless of your gender, complexion, hair colour, or face shape, these gorgeous BLING frames should be on your go-to fall frames list. Oversized, round, and statement-making screams autumn personality! These gorgeous gold, rounded frames with delicate sparkling arms remind us of the golds and the elegance of autumn. Dress these frames up with a more extravagant outfit for a night on the town, or dress them down with a pair of leggings and boots. Wherever you choose to wear them, you’ll find you’re bringing the beauty of fall into your style.


Bring back the beauty of the autumns of yesteryear with these gorgeous vintage-inspired IVORY frames. These warm-toned, half-gold and half-clear frames aren’t just beautiful and eye-catching, they’re classics! Just like watching a spooky movie or carving pumpkins, these glasses scream “autumn”! We recommend these frames for those who have a vintage aesthetic that they’d like to match, or for those who are ready to set a modern-meets-classic trend. Find your own unique style this fall with these gorgeous IVORY frames or a pair just like them at Hakim Optical!

Fashion and Style Inspiration

Looking for some real-world inspiration on how to style your Hakim Optical frames? Look no further than this section of our 2022 Hakim Fall Style Guide! Some of our friends online are showing us how they chose to style their new glasses, and we must say: they look amazing! Find your fall inspiration here!


Here you can see our friend and brand ambassador Kassandra wearing some of our gorgeous simple rounded gold frames. This look paired with a warm sweater and a cup of tea really bring the fall style together. Kassandra’s styling proves that you can make even the most simple and classic frames an autumn statement piece, especially when you choose warm, soft colours that bring the beauty of the season forward.


Our friend and brand ambassador Justin Walls always knows how to show up looking great! Justin is wearing all neutrals with a pair of traditional thin-framed glasses. With dark frames and large lenses, these glasses are not subtle but they don’t take focus away from his face or his style. In this picture, Justin is showing how to dress in a masculine and stylish way that shows us all how the basics will always be timeless, especially in a fashion-forward season like Autumn!

Sunglasses are for all Year Long!

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that you should retire the sunglasses! On the contrary, with summer coming to an end, you should invest in a pair of stylish and affordable autumn sunglasses! As harmful UV rays are always present–even through autumn and winter–finding your sunglasses style now is very important. Just ask our friend Kiki (@/KiKiKhosa), who has truly shown the beauty of sunglasses and autumn attire!

Take Advantage of the Newest Fall Sale!

At Hakim Optical, we love a good deal! What’s even better than a good deal, however, is being able to pass on good deals to our loyal Canadian customers. Every season we come up with a way to save our customers money, and with the 2022 Hakim Fall Style Guide in full swing now is a great time to remind our customers what we have to offer!

Save when you buy 4 90-packs of Acuvue Moist Contacts

Contact Lens Sale 

Whether you wear glasses, contact lenses, or a mix of both, Hakim has got you covered with ongoing contact lens sales and promotions! Currently, when you buy 4 90-packs of Acuvue contact lenses, you will instantly save $50. Plus, take advantage of a mail-in rebate for another $40 back!

Looking for the perfect pair of glasses for the fall?
Find your nearest Hakim Optical Store today! 

Hakim Optical has provided Canadians with quality corrective lenses at a value that can’t be beat for over 55 years. Our knowledgeable staff and optometrists are here to help you find an eyewear solution tailored specifically to you. 

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